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We have been in business since 1980, serving the Gretna and Greater New Orleans areas.  Our attorneys have over 75 collective years of experience representing individuals and businesses in a wide array of case types. 

We handle all types of family law cases, including divorce, custody, child support, spousal support, community property partitions, paternity, and more.  We also offer estate planning services including the drafting of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and more.  Our probate attorneys can help with all your succession needs.  We also handle personal injury claims for our former clients and new clients alike.  Finally, our creditor’s rights team handles collections, repossessions, foreclosures, and evictions statewide.

Our experience and diverse client base provide us the privilege to serve people from all walks of life.  Whatever your legal situation, we will strive to make the process as timely and stress-free as possible.  When necessary, we will zealously pursue your claim or vigorously defend you in and out of court, fighting to get the results you deserve.



“100% a straight shooter, not one of those attorneys that tells you what you want to hear. His advice is practical and he is very effective when it comes to getting the job done.”

~ Client

“Compassionate, interested in clients’ lives aside from area of representation, involved in the community, supportive of new attorneys.”

~ Attorney

“It has been a pleasure working with you through this ordeal.  You have a very welcoming spirit and a great attitude.”

~ Debtor/Opposing Party

Areas Served

Our offices are conveniently located in Gretna near the Jefferson, Orleans, and Plaquemines court houses.  Our lawyers routinely litigate cases in Gretna, Metairie, New Orleans, Algiers, Belle Chasse, Pointe a la Hache, Covington, Slidell, Hammond, Amite, Gonzales, Baton Rouge, and Hahnville.

We also serve our banking and financial clients statewide in all State and Federal courts in Louisiana.

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  • continuing tutorshipWhat is a “Continuing Tutorship”?
    In Family Law, Estate Planning
    Continuing Tutorships and Child Interdictions: A “Continuing Tutorship” is a legal proceeding for special needs children with intellectual disabilities who are age 15, 16, or 17.  The legal standard states that when the child “possesses less than two-thirds of the intellectual functioning of a person of the same age with average intellectual functioning…”  The parents or children usually do not have to make a court appearance.  Based on the documentation given to the [READ MORE]
  • Louisiana creditors' rights - repossession noticeHow to Avoid Repossession Notice Deficiencies?
    In Creditors' Rights
    Self Help Repossession Notices are Often Targeted: The Louisiana Additional Default Remedies Act provides the “self-help” laws permitting creditors to repossess motor vehicles and motorcycles directly.  This is a form of non-judicial repossession that creditors can do themselves.  It can certainly save a creditor some court and legal fees, but certain steps must be carefully followed, especially if the creditor wishes to later pursue a deficiency judgment. Basic requirements of [READ MORE]
  • family law - child supportLouisiana Child Support 101
    In Family Law
    What is child support in Louisiana? Child support is a court-ordered amount that the non-custodial parent must pay to the custodial parent to cover a proportionate amount of the child’s expenses, including housing and utilities, food, clothing, and education expenses. Both parents have an obligation to support their children after a divorce. State laws differ greatly as to how courts calculate child support payments. Louisiana long has recognized and credited the custodial parent’s [READ MORE]
  • Louisiana power of attorneyWho Makes Decisions Without a Medical Power of Attorney?
    In Estate Planning
    Health Care Decisions without Medical Power of Attorney: If a person is unable to make decisions about personal medical care, some other person must provide direction in decision making.  Many people create a medical power of attorney in advance of any anticipated physical problems.  A power of attorney allows them to appoint an agent or representative to manage their affairs when they become unable to do so themselves.  However, if there is no medical power of attorney in [READ MORE]
  • foreign judgmentCollecting Foreign Judgments in Louisiana
    In Creditors' Rights
    How Attorneys Collect Foreign Judgments Across State Lines: Debtors often move across state lines.  A judgment in one state is virtually unenforceable if the debtor does not hold property there or is not working there.  When a debtor or assets are discovered in another state, collection attorneys must take extra steps to enforce a foreign judgment in that state. The United States Constitution requires that states give “full faith and credit” to the laws and court judgments of other [READ MORE]


Bowes, Petkovich & Palmer, LLC

2550 Belle Chasse Highway
Suite 200

Gretna, Louisiana 70053


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504-368-2700 (main)

504-368-2900 (fax)


We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

We are available by appointment during non-business hours.